Agile + DevOps West 2020 Concurrent Session : Live from Las Vegas, It's Saturday Night: The Agility of SNL

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Wednesday, June 10, 2020 - 10:30am to 11:30am

Live from Las Vegas, It's Saturday Night: The Agility of SNL

Saturday Night Live is one of the longest-running agile institutions in the world. For 44 years, they have developed and delivered small batches of comedy in weekly intervals. Talk about sustainable development. But how do they do it? The practices and principles they employ are quite agile. From welcoming changing requirements to maintaining technical excellence, there’s a lot we can learn from how they deliver. Join Johns Krewson for a backstage and onstage view into the process SNL has developed over decades to get from concept to cash in one week. Along the way, gain a new understanding of empirical process control, continuous delivery, the care and feeding of high-performing teams, dependency and deadline management, what it means to deliver value continuously, and how to understand customers. See how their use of Scrum ensures that they deliver on time, and how their use of kanban keeps work visible for the entire organization. And we’ll probably laugh a lot too.

John Krewson
Sketch Development

John Krewson is the founder and President of Sketch Development Services, a software development studio that provides agile and DevOps coaching, counseling and training. Sketch delivers software for its customers using agile principles and practices, which serves as a catalyst to their agile transformations. John has been an active member of the agile community since 2003 as a developer, ScrumMaster, development leader, product leader, and coach. He has worked with dozens of companies from startups to the Fortune 50 to help them learn, adopt, and apply agile, scrum, and Lean/Kanban principles and practices. John has been a software development leader for fifteen years; an actor and director for over twenty, having appeared on Saturday Night Live in 1997. Follow John's blog on the Sketch website at, or on twitter at @johnkrewson.